Ugandan Movies Nominated in this Year’s African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Check Full list of Nominees

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Opening the new year with achievements and good things, its like the rituals done on the new born baby. By the look of things, it seems this is going to be a great year for the Ugandan Movie Industry. Good news reveal that two Ugandan Movies from the Same Director have scooped two Nominations in the Prestigious African Magic Viewers Choice Awards [AMVCA]. Award winning movies at the annual Uganda Film Festival House Arrest and Call 122 all directed and produced by Joseph Ken Ssebagala of ZENKEN FILMS have been Nominated in different categories at this Years AMVCAs. Ken Ssebagala has had the best time of his carrier, having produced quality works last year, all the efforts have been paid off with a bunch of accolades. House arrest was a Blockbuster,  a very contemporary story, drama-thriller about a lonely widow struggling with an evil spell and memories of her abusive late husband, it was amazing and Mutebi Farooq’s physically-grueling role in Call 112, a movie about human organ trafficking was extraordinary, he has catchy scenes and trust me the movie has gone places. With great support, we shall get these awards home, so do the needful.

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The AMVCA is an acknowledgement and celebration of the contribution made by Pan African filmmakers, actors and technicians to the success of the continent’s film & television industries.It honors the rich entrepreneurial and creative spirit of the African filmmaker. Therefore, the AMVCA will endeavor to cultivate and inspire new talent within the various Pan African industries through its development programme.
They will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on March 4th and 5th March, 2016.

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Check out the full list of nominees below;
BEST OVERALL MOVIE (AFRICA)
Dry
Freetown
Ayanda
Tell Me Sweet Something
Road To Yesterday
Silverain
House Arrest [Uganda]
BEST TELEVISION SERIES
-Jane and Abel
-How to find a Husband
-Santalal
-Officer Titus
-Daddy’s Girls
BEST WRITER OF A MOVIE/TV SERIES
-FREETOWN
-ANNIVERSARY
-ROAD TO YESTERDAY
-IQUO’S JOURNAL
-AYANDA
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Dry
-Silverain
-Being Mrs Elliot
-The First Lady
-Oracle Online
-Cougars
BEST MAKEUP ARTIST (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Dry
-Ayanda
-Jaja the Great
-Ojuju
-Being Mrs Elliot
BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Common Man
-Kpians-the feast of souls
-House Arrest [Uganda]
-Gbomo Gbomo Express
-Being Mrs Elliot
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Officer Titus
-Stop
-Caught in the Act
-Head gone
-Jenifa’s diary
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-BREATHLESS
-BEING MRS ELLIOT
-A LONG NIGHT
-A SOLDIER’S STORY
-JAJA THE GREAT
-FALLING
BEST DIRECTOR
-Road to Yesterday
-Dry
-Tell me Sweet Something
-Ayanda
-Gbomo gbomo express
-Rebecca
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES
-JENIFA’S DIARY
-BEING MRS ELLIOT
-SKINNY GIRL IN TRANSIT
-AN AFRICAN CITY
-DESPERATE HOUSE GIRLS
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Road to yesterday
-Don’t cry for me
-Stop
-Ayanda
-Falling
The visit
BEST PICTURE EDITOR
-Tell me Sweet Something
-Road To Yesterday
-A soldier’s story
-Rebecca
-Special Crimes Unit: Lasgidi Cops
BEST DOCUMENTARY
-THE NEW AFRICA
-FAAJI AGBA
-GOGE AFRICA ENCOUNTERS WILD GORILLA
-DEMYSTIFYING AUTISM
-DAWN TO DUSK
BEST MOVIE – SOUTHERN AFRICA
-Ayanda
-Tell Me Sweet Something
-Lilongwe
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
-A Soldier’s Story
-Stolen Water
-Stigma
-A soldier’s story
-The Department
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-BEFORE 30
-TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING
-BEFORE 30
-DRY
-THE GREEN NECKLACE
BEST ART DIRECTOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Stigma
-Dry
-Common man
-The refugees
-Elephant in the room
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-AYANDA
-COUPLE OF DAYS
-THE REFUGEES
-DRY
-COMMON MAN
-TELL ME SOMETHING SWEET
BEST SHORTFILM OR ONLINE VIDEO
-Panic Button
-Yawa
-A Day with Death
-Blood Taxi
-A Cup of Sugar
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES
-Taxi driver (Oko Ashewo)
-Victims
-Ayomi
-Shadow
-Binta Ofege
Best Movie – West Africa (Drama/Comedy)
-DRY
-STIGMA
-THE VISIT
-THE REFUGEES
-SILVERAIN
-COMMON MAN
-ROAD TO YESTERDAY
BEST SOUND EDITOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)
-Ayanda
-Road to yesterday
-Dry
-Candle in the wind
-Bambitious
-Tell me Sweet Something
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES
-Chetanna
-The Missing God
-Udo Gba koi koi
-Nduka
-Usekwu Igbo
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIE
-Sarki Jatau
-Inji Yan’ Ca Ca
-Sakaina
-Baya Da Kura
-Dadin Kowa
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES
-MYUMBA 10
-SAMAKI MCHANGANI
-FIHI
-SUMU
-KITENDAWALI
BEST MOVIE – EAST AFRICA
-HOUSE ARREST [Uganda]
-MAPENZI
-CALL 112 (Uganda)
-KITENDAWALL
-MPANGO MBAYA
-DADDY’S WEDDING

 

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RudeBoy Music The Album: New Release “EveryWhere We Go” The RudeBoyRemix

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Rude boy kella McKenzie  has released a second track off the Rude Boy music Album that has recently got everyone excited.Flex D Paper a.k.a The New School Leader, the Fresh Prince of Kampala teams up with Mckenzie, for an Afro Inspired Hip-Hop collaboration “EveryWhereWeGo” The RudeBoyRemix, a new dope track produced by the mighty Aethan .

Download “Everywhere we go” By McKenzie ft Flex D’paper.

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Everywhere i go

The album will consist more of various Ugandan artistes and McKenzie recruited Baru of BaruBeats, Aethan & Samurae for it’s production and this combination gets this much anticipated Album a master Piece.
Among the many reasons you don’t have to miss this album, one is the fact of transition that McKenzie has for our ears with all the earned experience  through out his stay in this game.

This is one of the those rare hip-hop projects that undoubtedly no one should even think about missing , because probably if you take time listening to almost all the already released tracks like Winner’s Circle and Everywhere we go Rude boy mix, am sure you can’t stay the same. McKenzie is celebrating 10 years in the radio and the hip-hop industry put together and so this project will be a decade long celebration, as well as a way of celebrating Ugandan hip-hop journey.
Despite the fact that at times you may not find McKenzie rapping on some if not all tracks, he actually uses different artistes on different tracks to send his message through Censorship and experience which makes his projects worthy. I personally believe in his works and efforts, he does a project and real gives it his whole. it Keep you ears ready.

Rudeboy music The Album
Rude boy music The Album

Download Winner’s Circle by Apass, Atlas and Ivory Namara off the “Rude boy Music THE Album”

KCCA FC Knocked Out of the CECAFA Kagame cup

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In a battle for who will face Gor Mahia in finals of the Cecafa kagame cup 2015, Tanzania based team have thumbed Ugandan side KCCA FC 1-0.In a match with a lot of efforts and missed chances, It had to go down to one team and it only took a goal for Azam Fc to go through to the finals.

The game started with pressure and extraordinary pace from both teams, the first half was 50-50 both in play and possession with both teams having major intentions to take on the lead. In the early minutes of the first half, Azam captain bocco had instincts to get the game out of the shell, but was denied by KCCA goal keeper Opio.

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In the 35th minute of the game, Isaac Sserunkuma had a Golden chance to put the “Kasasiro Men” in the lead missing a keeper to beat chance. Both sides could have been easily on the score sheet but their was a lot of missed chances in the first half.

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69′ minutes later, Joseph Ochaya went so close with a heavy shot on target but he was denied by Azam Goal Keeper Manula. As the game continued to get more open, Tchetche struggled to cope with Awany and Wasswa’s aerial presence; he was replaced by Didier Kavumbagu after 74 minutes. A minute later Shah Farid Mussa separated the two sides tapping in from Amy Ali’s cross

Now Azam Fc will face Kenyan Side Gor-Mahia in the CECAFA Kagame Cup

KCC Line Starting Up

Emmanuel Opio, Denis Okot, Habib Kavuma, Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Timothy Awany, Tom Masiko, Ivan Ntege, Hakim Ssenkumba, Isaac Sserunkuma (Shaban Kondo), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Joseph Ochaya Subs: Benjamin Ochan, Mpiima Saka, Dan Nsubuga, Owen Kasule, Farooque Matovu, Shaban Kondo, Michael Birungi

Lyrics: Bwosumagila-New By St Nellysade

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Bwosumagila by St nellysade
Bwosumagila by St nellysade

what sup ladies and gentlemen
St Nellysade is back once again (Nkomyeewo nate)
oukinz on the beat, Kikola Sense, Lawraid Vybz, Kakubiddewa
hahaha

St Nellysade aahhh Urban Aksent Music
Mpita omukoonyi nze nkone, mpita omuloosi nze ndoote
Nzivunule ng’ebirooto bwo, owujaale kiwujjo nze mpujje,
obudde obuuuze, zilimeka? nkoona ntya, nfudde ntya,
nkuzze nkuseeleza
Si byakiwaanyi nkoobye muntamu, njifuddemu, njiluddemu, ani addamu,
mpaayo ayinze kukyuusa bya Luga Flow, njileese, eli ku tray, tuula okalile
ani awalila, nsikensike, mpikempike kyinaaba kyiddo,Nile esonze omwooyo gulinye, elyaato ligenda,
tujja, tujja
Kyiwunzik’oliyita ejjengo, mpujaala, nsotta kuluna engalabi nkuby’ebiri, jjawo amadinda,
genda lindako, vva mukyenda sotta sotta.
Nkwaatilira attaagwe, eyeetengelera attuke, alinye, akoppe, koppaaa

CHORUS (x2)

Bwosumagila ngaana (ngaana)
N’ebwendaba anteeka nze ninya, ab’enugu apaana (apaana)
Nsomessa banajja, nkyamula batuula, bw’owakana ngaana (ngaana)
ntuuse , numbye gwe ate olinze (x3)
St Nellysade
Sikubye kebe ssebo maali y’abato, walumbe mubbi omuziki ndeese, numbye n’abiddi,
Kalangala, Kololo, Koboko ninye amaato gwe nkutte n’enkasi,
nsomoseza, nsomeseza, abaali abazila, agaali amakula, okwattula bbiri, taano, mukaaga, kampala yange,
ngenze ne tray, ssi majji, ssi nyaanya, zivudde Luga , Zivudde Luga,
Boss welaba, ngaanye okudda, Kaakyaamye amamela beat wunzikaaa.
(Ambulance sirens)
Ntuuse na flow, sikiwaanyi nkuwadde floor, agenda lindako nkujjemu otulo, eyeyita pro,omuteesi wa lo (Law)
nkujamu maalo, nellysade, nze mukyaamu kyikyaali kyituuza,gwe linda tudde
ka Ladiy’otege amweenya amweenye, mpeelezza, nyumisiza nze nkuza bujja,
tugamba mpuungu bagamba kalooli, gw’ awakanyizza nkyitukiliza gw’owuliliza ani wakanyizza

St nellysade

CHORUS (x2)
Siwakana nawe ng’onteeka, nanyini ma raapu nze ndeeta haha,
nkoona ndeeta ng’obuuza, ani mutuukilivu ani eyabye show, (Blu blu)
Nkuwa gokya hey, ngenda n’abigenda sidda mabega,
Amagezi g’ata ngatta, ndeeta luganda fake nkuleka okomba
Sisabiliza ng’ongaana, ate ku mic olusi ogaana
Ngenda n’abigenda, silina n’abudde mbu twakisa nkuleka osinda,
nkugaaya kyijjaasi ng’ompyaata, bweba battle nkuleka osinda,
nkuwujjako, bwo’ba onyooka, nti bugu bugu ob’ozaayo,
ate siwakana nawe ng’ogaana, njogela ba rapper ng’owakana,
ngamba fair rapper, oleeta fake rapper, sitoole z’akitto ob’onyiiza,
nyiize, zivuddeko, nkuwaddewo sitoole zizo anti onzikutteko,
buuza nzilemu, nze nteleddemu ng’etaala okuli ekibya

CHORUS (x2)

Download “Bwosumagila” by St Nellysade here Download

The Ugandan Jay-Z

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Reading the title of this post, might make you Tamale Mirundi trying to cope up asking yourself who the hell is Ugandan Jay-Z. no worries, you just need to scroll down.
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Commonly referred to as “The Ugandan Jay-Z” ,St. Nelly-Sade real names “Nsubuga Nelson”, is a Ugandan Lugaflow rapper, storyteller and extraordinary lyricist.
Introduced by the Hip Hop Canvas album 2009 and 2010 to the music scene as he narrates in his “Nzijukira” song, paving way for more open opportunities which later helped him have prescences on WAPI, End of the Weak Uganda, Spoken Truth and Mic Stand Hip Hop night, as well as having performances on both national and international stages like the  Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, Uganda Hip Hop Summit, as well as performances in Arusha Tanzania as well as various regions all over east Africa.
He is an ambassador of the End of the Weak International Hip Hop Festival.

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Nelly-Sade started serious rapping in 2002 under the Hip-Hop Gangstarz group which later had to break up, though for his case he did not put his tools down.
He then joined the “Bavubuka All Starz” foundation along with a few of his peers, with whom later emerged from the foundation to form a group known as the “Luga Flow Army” which is still in running till now.With hit singles like “Tubale”, “Nzijukira”,
“Kakuubidde wa” and “Nva Ntinda” “Neighbour (kankuwaneko)”, Love story, “Nina Plan”, You and I, “ebbaluwa” among other he has proved to the industry that is one to stay.

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St Nellysade Kakubiddewa

St Nelly Sade is one who sits his fans on a mat to articulate and share his deepest thoughts and emotional stories through diverse sounds that are characterized by snares and kick drums.
Think about st nellysade and you will get a clear definition of what luga flow is all about. He feeds LugaFlow with simplicity, passion and love through his well organized lyrics, content, nice flow on extremely interesting beats, tapping every corner of his culture.
If he was doing his raps in english, you would definitely be calling him “the Ugandan Jay-Z”. He has die-hard fans that would not spend a day without listening to one of his tracks, evidenced by the way people purchase his works and the feedback he receives.

Two years back, St Nelly Sade curved a tunnel of evolution for himself from being an ordinary underground emcee and to an established mainstream rapper. He has created a level of lyricism, flow, artistry and wordplay which he takes from his debut album to his new album leaving him with no choice but only to prove his sheer talent and credibility on the mainstream hip-hop arena as well as better his highly rated debut album.

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Stories of Elevation Album

Having released his debut album “The translation (Okutaputa)” in 2013 which was the first hip-hop album to sell out album copies, he has a new album the sophomore Omulondo N’engero (Stories of elevation) which is also doing good.

He has also collaborated with the veteran Lyrical G, keko, Moth, Navio, Ruyonga, nadujja among others and also featured on the UG Cypher 1.
And has also had several nominations like the Teeniez Hottest Hip hop song in Buzz
Teens awards in 2014 and Best Luga flow artist in the raising star awards

You can Download his new track “Bwosumagila” here https://www.reverbnation.com/nellysade/song/
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Mister Deejay: Making Uganda Music Worth a Listen

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An Arsenal Die-Hard fan, Experienced and interesting DJ, radio presenter, publisher of a weekly podcast focusing on Ugandan and African music and culture is what can describe a gentleman who has made Ugandan Music walk a step ahead in the little time he has been part of this industry.

He’s simple, Joyous and knows how to do his thing, which eventually paid him with an opportunity to feature on the Big Brother house party a few years back
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If u are the type that knows, believes and follows good Uganda music in its depth, you definitely know Mister Deejay the guy behind the Saturday night radio show Dubbed “Saturday Night Mix Show” on Radiocity 97fm.
On his show, mister deejay gives in his all, from the energy, encouragement, happiness and Creating a platform for whoever needs it, to giving his listeners the best experience week in week out.
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image Mister deejay with Sylvester Kabombo an Hip-hop veteran Artist

With no requests, no shout outs among other restrictions, roll call and power hour sessions, and a great social media following , Mister deejay and the producers of this show (SNMS) Makes it so Unique and One not to Miss.This also helps the team take easy structured decisions for a better listen ship.
Several artists have had the opportunity for constant interviews, album reviews, audio premieres among other activities on the show.It has been a platform for a number of artists to show case their works, get recognized and interact with their fans who at exactly 8pm get glued to radio-city to have their weekly dose of fun. Every last Saturday of the month is Strictly for Uganda Music where only Ugandan Music is played through out the show. Mister Deejay’s love for Ugandan music in a certain interview when asked about what efforts he has done so as to make sure Ugandan music is heard, got him saying
“The best thing we (or any radio or TV show) can do for Ugandan music is just recognize it is there, recognize that it is good, and give it a platform whenever possible. On SNMS we never look at t. things on a macro level. Our remit is simple: search for good local urban music”
We wish to appreciate the effort of this presenter for his contribution on raising bars of Ugandan Music

Do You Know about the Ziva Muntuuyo Trend??

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11665744_10152786987876324_3830504686493731657_n I Strongly believe in anyway you have come across this catchy word “Ziva Muntuuyo” which literally means “begotten through sweat”, a Phrase which describes a persons hard work and sweats, a word that talks more about a daily hustle for a bunch of people as well as a representative of what goes behind every success. Or else you have seen and heard about the name Sylvester Kabombo the man behind this successful clothing line. Briefly, Sylvester Kabombo  is a member of a Ugandan veteran socially conscious hip-hop duo (Sylvester & Abramz) and a member of the Break-dance Project Uganda (BPU)

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Sylvester Kabombo “Ziva Muntuuyo”

Together with the Bayimba Cultural Foundation, he (Sylvester) also coordinates the Hip-Hop programme named Youth and Hip-hop project

Sylvester passes on the skills he has learnt over the years in the music industry to the the younger generation which he sees as the future of the genre.

He started up a  Clothing Line which was Inspired by his new Album track titled Ziva Muntuuyo which has received overwhelming attention both on social Media and i guess in his pockets since his clothing line has extended its market from selling the branded T-shirts and jumpers in a bag to having  partnership branches. Currently selling the #ZivaMuntuuyo merchandise at Makaveli Inc, located at Kamu Kamu Plaza, 1st Floor, Shop FF 14 where he relocated from HighRollerz Fashion House @ Hotel Equatorial Mall, Bombo Rd, where the T-shirts were first sold

the Nice looking Ziva Muntuuyo Jampers
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These Trendy T-shirts are now almost everywhere, With an awesome and classic material, the catchy phrase and awesome colors, these T-shirts are a must purchase and will make you Stand out as soon as you get out of your room.They look smart and trendy across all ages. He is currently working on the #ZivaMuntuuyo stickers so that for every purchase of either the album or the T-shirt, one gets this sticker. This is an amazing offer added onto an amazing brand.Sylvester has had several designed T-shirts like OMULYA MAMBA and MPAAYO AKASEERA which were also received so well across the country

You got to purchase the Ziva Muntuuyo T-shirt, Support the Brother , support Hip-hop for the better. Do not forget to pass by Makaveli Inc, located at Kamu Kamu Plaza, 1st Floor, Shop FF 14 to purchase the #ZivaMuntuuyo album, T-Shirts, Jumpers as well as a free sticker.
Connect with him on facebook by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/sylvesterkabombo.
You can also download his new track the remix of the #ZivaMuntuuyo track Here https://www.reverbnation.com/sylvesterkabombo
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Kireka Boy Album. Ykee Benda tells his story, set for maiden Album listeners party.

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To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it and give life more meaning. That’s what our generation is about, you don’t do this, you are not worth our ears, we then listen to good music from the past generation.
With no doubt, Ykee Benda ‘the boy so tender, first on every girls Agenda’, like he rythms his name is one for our generation. Over time, he has made a mark feeding our souls with the kind of music we dance to, listen to, smile to, sing along to and dedicate to our ex’s, Crushes, lovers, landlords and whoever we want to hit on. 

The Graduated chemical engineer has recently been jaggling his creativity with efforts to do good music and to give his fans all they deserve with hits like Superman, Byonkola, Malaika, Muna Kampala, Farmer Remix, among others. 


Among these ballads of life and more, is what the Bold-Headed Mpaka Records Signed Artiste will give his fans at his much anticipated maiden ‘Album Listeners Party’ on 2nd December at Fame Lounge at only 20k Ordinary, 500k a table of 5 and 1.5M a Table of 8.
The ‘KIREKA BOY’ Album is what introduces us to Ykee Benda, his ability and what he can offer to us as far as the journey of Ugandan music.


“It’s kireka Boy because it’s me, it’s where I grew up, it’s more of my story, the album talks about my dream, my trip and my journey, the sequence of events of life”, the Superman say.
He adds, “The songs are on a trainot just as a musician but me as a young boy, an artiste, and it’s all about my personality. How I love fun, love God, this album is YKEE Benda, it’s a little bit of inspiration to me and the generation”.
He recently made his debut on the international scene with an amazing performance at the on-going Coke Studio Africa 2017 Series, his representation never disappointed. 
If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room and Ykee seems to have found one, one to help him explore the genius in him.
You all should go at Fame Lounge on 2nd December for the KIREKA BOY Album Listeners Party. Check poster for details.
Support a Brother, Save Ugandan Music.
@IamStigaTown

Ugandan Actress Named “Africa’s Most Outstanding Actress” in Nigeria Awards.

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As the Uganda Film Industry continues being deep in the jungle hustling harder to polish their works and ably rub their sweats with money, actors are taking on unprofessional producers and directors, movie makers are outing half backed works and ambitious actors are looking for better recognition else where, some are busy winning awards. 

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Great News from Nigeria indicates that Uganda’s Veteran Actress, Artiste, TV Presenter, radio presenter and movie producer Princess Faridah Ndausi Zalwango was recently awarded as the Most Outstanding Actress in Africa at the Magic Lens African Film Academy Awards, Nigeria. 

Full of excitement, Faridah bruggingly went to her Facebook account and posted this on her wall “They threw me away, little did they know that am a seed👌 I grew back even stronger💪Here’s an that took me by surprise from the Africa #movie_summit❤ went for one award, bringing back two💪💪💪💪💪💪 thanks for those who believed in me❤I got tired of talking😜 I now use actions💃💃 and I mean it when I say, the sky is the limit💋 if u can dream it, u can achieve it💜💜💜”

#keep_hope_alive


It all seemed like she was hitting at her haters who dusted her talent thinking it was all done.

The 2nd edition of the Magic Lens African Film Academy Awards recently took place at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Center and Suites, on a glamorous night as Nollywood actor, producer and director, Charles Awurum honoured distinguished personalities who have contributed immensely to the society. 


The 2017 Magic Lens Africa Film Academy Awards of Excellence aimed at honouring distinguished Africans that have contributed immensely to the progress of the movie industry in Africa.

Organized by Magic Lens Pictures Limited, It is a yearly event where Awardies come from all over Africa. A night of the stars.

This is great news in the fight to sell our talents to nations we want to share a piece of market with.

Congratulations Princess Faridah Ndausi Zalwango. Continue making us proud. 

@IamStigaTown

Devil’s Chest, Torture, Breaking With Customs , Second Chance Dominate UFF 2017 Awards Nomination 

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In the world of Art, there are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition. Many get hit with emotions of surprise in disbelief, many are confident with their works and only crave for recognition amidst stiff competition. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) organized Uganda Film Festival Awards always come in as a match stick to motivate, encourage and light up smiles of the hopefully Film makers through recognizing their works with awards and sums of money to help them make more competitive projects. 

On Friday Morning, there was a feel of sweat out of excitement and joy from those film makers that had planned and prepared for this year’s edition of the UFF having had a taste of a magical night when Film makers became  Millionaires in a fortnight last year.


It was the release of the nomination list of Films  in the 2017 Uganda Film Festival.  An annual Awards Ceremony aimed at generating interest and bringing the Uganda Film Industry players together in a more focused and promising environment. The Festival will take place between 28th August until 1st September closing with the Awards Night. 

Devil’s Chest, an amazing piece of Story about the LRA Lord Joseph Kony Leads the Nominations list followed by Torture, Breaking the customs among other movies. 

Below is the Official Full list of Nomination of the UFF 2017. 

Check out the Nomination List below

Best Student Film

-LAST BREATH By Jordan Braise 

-WASTED By Joan Namirimu

-CASH MY CART By Edmond Tamal 

Best Short Film

-FUNERAL SCENE By Rodger Matejja Rugabirwe

-GAMBALAGALA By Joan Namirimu 

-REHEMA By Allan Manzi

-NECTOR By Doreen Mirembe

Best Documentary 

-HERITAGE (Omweso) by Sylvia Bamusiime

-POWERING NAMUWONGO by Joel Ongwench

-HOOKED by Esther K Sammy

-LEADER by Esther K Sammy

Best Animation 

ASAF THE PAINTER by Allan Musoke

THE RUNAWAY ROLEX by Musisi Alex

RESPECT THE ROAD by Kiggundu Joel

THE FIRST MAN by Bongomin Micheal

Best Screenplay 

  • RAIN By Daniel Mugerwa

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

-BREAK IN By Zziwa Alone Aaron 

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard 

Best TV Drama

-YAT MADIT By Irene Kulabako Kakembo

-THE COFFEE SHOP by Davidson Mugume 

-HONORABLE by John Ssegawa

-MISTAKES GIRLS DO by Mulindwa Richard

-SECOND CHANCE by Phad Mutumba

Best Actor in a TV Drama

-Micheal Wawuyo Snr (YAT MADIT)

-Raymond Rushabiro (MISTAKES GIRLS DO)

-Sam Okello (HONORABLE)

-Fagil Mande (SECOND CHANCE)

Best Actress in a Drama

-Rehema Nanfuka (Yat Madit)

-Hellen Lukoma (MISTAKES GIRLS DO)

-Regina Omoding (THE COFFEE SHOP)

Best Costume

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard

-BATTLE FOR EARTH By Dennis Dhikusooka Jr.

-LOVE FACES By Usama Mukwaaya

-KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE” by Steven Ayeny

 

Best Cinematography 

-DAWN OF DEPRESSION By Joseph S Ken

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE” by Steven Ayeny

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard 

Best Sound 

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard 

-RAIN” by Daniel Mugerwa

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-HUSTLE by Dennis Dhikusooka Jr.

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

Best Editing/Post-production

-RAIN by Daniel Mugerwa

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE” by Steven Ayeny

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard 

Best Feature Film

-RAIN by Daniel Mugerwa

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE” by Steven Ayeny

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

-THE TORTURE By Mulindwa Richard 

-BREAK IN By Zziwa Alone Aaron 


Best East African Film

-WHAT GOES AROUND by Kang’ethe  Mungai

-VIRAL by Irving Ruragayiye

-SUBIRA by Steven Ominde

-WHITE PORTION by Ashiraf Said Mswaki, Oguzhan cineli 

-ASHLEY By Ibra Kwizera Ibrahim
Best Documentary

-CONERSTONE By Debi Lang

-HALELLUA By Bosco Opio

-LIFE ON THE STREETS By Vicent Kyabayinze 

-AMAATO By Sylvia Bamusiime 

-ZZINA By Joy Kirabo 


Best Actor (FILM) 

-Samuel Rogers Masaaba (DEVIL’S CHEST )

-Steven Ayeng (ORDER FROM ABOVE)

-Rushabiro Raymond (THE TORTURE)

-Steven Wasswa Ttabu (BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS)

-Bale Felix BWANIKA (FAITHFUL)

-Rodney Dhikusooka (DAMAGE & HUSTLE)

Best Actress (FILM) 

-Hasifah N Nakitende (DEVIL’S CHEST)

-Aganza Kisaka (FAITHFUL & BREAK IN)

-Eleanor Nabwiso (RAIN)

-Joan Agaba (THE TORTURE)

-Lilian Cherimo Nabunjo (BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS)

Film of the Year/Best Director 

-RAIN by Daniel Mugerwa

-DEVIL’S CHEST by Mageye Hassan

-KONY ORDER FROM ABOVE” by Steven Ayeny

-BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS by T West Ttabu

Last year FREEDOM By Mulindwa Richard took over the night going a way with 6 Awards and a whooping amount of about 36 Million Uganda Shillings. 
Congratulation to all the Nominees

@StigaTown

Ugandan Film Selected for screening at South Africa’s Biggest Film Festival- StigaTown

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I can hardly sit still. I keep fidgeting, crossing one leg and then the other. I feel like I could throw off sparks, or break a window-maybe rearrange all the furniture, or go drive a tuk-tuk motorbike to Betty Kamya’s home amidst excitement. Exactly the same kind of feeling in the Amanzi  production room. Their legs seem stuck in the air like accident victims in Mulago, about an amazing achievement reached. This blog has learnt that “Rehema”, a Ugandan film from Manzi Media Production has been selected for screening at south Africa’s Largest Film Festival dubbed ‘Durban International Film Festival 2017. 


Arguably one of Africa’s biggest festivals, Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is an annual film festival that takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. It is one of the oldest and largest film festivals in Southern Africa and presents over 200 screenings celebrating the best in South African, African and international cinema. Most of the screenings are either African or South African premieres. The  good news about this is that our own Uganda production will be viewed by movie makers and lovers around continent. A great opportunity and addition to the trail of extending our potentials and works to the continent and the world at large.


Rehema is a 20 minutes long Ugandan film directed by Allan Manzi based upon a screenplay by a man with magical love  storytelling habits Usama Mukwaya, the film lead roled by Juliet Zansaanze, supported by talented Raymond Rushabiro and Ismael Ssesanga.

The Love story epic movie talks about Rehema (Juliet Zansaanze) who is in love with Sula (Ismael Ssesanga) but secretively her uncle (Raymond Rushabiro) and grandfather are plot to marry her to someone else older because of his money. She then powerfully rejects the marriage but an accident happens while fighting with her uncle and he dies leaving her imprisoned for Murder. Rehema then has to face the force of law while she fights for justice and her dreams.

Allan Manzi the Director of this film couldn’t hide his excitement on Social media sharing the news, thanking his team for the great work. 

All the best Manzi Media.For the love of the Ugandan Movie Industry. Until Next time.

@stigatown 

Ugandan actress Nisha Kalema hits the international scene with a reckon force, Set for United Kingdom stage show.

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What if you were always stuck in one place, your mind spinning and craving hard to go forward like tires clenched in mud, because you carry to any questions but the answers wouldn’t reveal themselves to you?What if you are just destined to get hurt, to be helplessly stuck in a point of time you no longer want to be? 

Maybe life is all about trying to get up while you fall a little bit deeper in the pits of hell, each time you try not to. Drained in the same pool, the Multi-Award winning Actress felt like it was all done a year ago after having a setback of her acting career. With weakened legs and strong hands trying to reach for the stars, failing to find options to get out of the situation that seemed hazy and latent, the 2-time UFF Actress of the year wasn’t done yet.


The Turning point was a few miles away, hours to the opening night of last year’s Uganda Film Festival, Nisha Kalema met someone who she never knew was going to paint her dreams and turn things around.

I bumped into him (George Hargreaves), we talked and shared a lot after knowing I was the ‘Freedom girl’ in the movie he had watched, he knew a lot about the film industry. After a long good conversation, he seemed impressed and interested”. She says.  Since then, the story changed, the chains were broken. George Hargreaves later was interested in Nisha Kalema’s works/talent and eventually became her Manager. One who has taken her through the maze to the light.

George Hargreaves is a  film distributor and evangelist who once produced and managed a host of pioneering Black British entertainers including Sinitta and Five Star. He facilitated the adaptation of ‘Freedom’ the movie into a stage play version which is slated to premiere in the UK later this August.
The ‘Freedom’ Stage play version will have an urban storyline setup different from that portrayed in the film, and will feature the talented Nisha Kalema, Queen of Katwe Actress Irene Nalubega, Veteran Raymond Rushabiro, Ugandan-London based Richard Kayz and AMAA 2017 awards nominee Kizito Samuel Saviour. 

The stage play will be directed by Ray Shell, an African-American film, TV and stage actor, as well as an author, director and producer. He is famous for creating the roles of Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe and Rusty in Starlight Express.

Ray will fly to Uganda with Hargreaves in a few weeks to meet, rehearse and get along with with the cast ahead of the festival in August.

Fringe Festival 2017
Fringe Festival

At the 70th annual edition of the Fringe Festival, arguably the largest arts festival in the world, the, ‘freedom’ stage play will be showcased at St John’s Church in the heart of Edinburgh city on August 15, 16, 22 and 26.
Then later on 18th and 19th , the play will be showcased in London. Basically with an aim to focus and spotlight Nisha Kalema on a what she does best. An opportunity for the lined up Ugandan actors and actresses to sell themselves to the world. 

Hargreaves believes this is the best time to take on the fight for an Oscar and Nisha Kalema is in position for this.

Three Ugandan films ‘The Tailor,’Galz About Town and Jinxed that cast Nisha in the lead role will also be showcased at the Bernie Grant centre in Scotland, in a bid to introduce her (Nisha) to the western audiences as part of a plan to groom her into the international film star that she deserves to be.

Hargreaves (R) right and (L) ray

The Freedom stage play is part of an ambitious campaign  in a remake of the film with the hope of having it compete for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2019 with 23-year-old Kalema as its driving force. (Source: Polly Kamukama’s blog)

Nisha Kalema excitedly says she has achieved more with her current management than she had achieved in all her previous years in the industry. “I have grown professionally, gotten opportunities, my life is not the same and am grateful for this”, Nisha says.

She has been in Egypt shooting different projects and has scheduled shootings of her productions in London. She has earned her worth in recent months and believes nothing is going to hold her back. 

She is literally smelling an Oscar. Until Next time.

@StigaTown